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Long Walk to Freedom: The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela; True First Printing

Mandela, Nelson

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ISBN 10: 0316545856 / ISBN 13: 9780316545853
Published by Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A.: Little Brown & Co, 1994
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Little Brown & Co 1994 First edition, true first printing in scarce brand new, never read, unused condition. NOT a book club copy nor one of the numerous later editions. This is the true first printing as indicated on copyright page with the date 1994, the words "First Edition," with full number line 10-1, the original $24.95 price on dj flap, and extended ISBN on back cover. (There are many book club copies of Long Walk To Freedom on the market that look very similar to the true firsts; they have erroneous complete number lines but can be identified by the lack of a price on the dj flap, and lack of an extended ISBN on back cover.) Condition: Fine/fine; brand new and unread. Green hardboards with black cloth spine; gold printing; gold imprint. Map endpapers (South Africa.) Textblock clean, tight, square, unmarked, unread. Illustrated with 3 photo sections (black and white.) Unclipped glossy pictorial dj (Mandela photo portrait); original $24.95 price on flap; pristine. Protected in clear archival Brodart wrapper. Packaged with care and shipped in a box to arrive in best condition. Complete satisfaction guarantee. This is Mandela's autobiography in his own words, from his childhood in a tribal culture, his early years as an impoverished student and law clerk, his political awakening to the fight against apartheid, his struggle to reconcile political activity with his devotion to family, his time as an underground leader, his conviction and surprisingly eventful 27 years of imprisonment, the negotiations leading to both his release and the beginnings of the end for apartheid, and finally the unforgettable events since his release that led to the a free, multiracial democracy in South Africa. Bookseller Inventory # 130729-3

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Title: Long Walk to Freedom: The Autobiography of ...

Publisher: Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A.: Little Brown & Co

Publication Date: 1994

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:New

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: 1st Edition

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An international hero, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, and leader of South Africa's antiapartheid movement chronicles his life, including his tribal years, his time spent in prison, and his return to lead his people. 175,000 first printing. Major ad/promo.

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The famously taciturn South African president reveals much of himself in Long Walk to Freedom. A good deal of this autobiography was written secretly while Mandela was imprisoned for 27 years on Robben Island by South Africa's apartheid regime. Among the book's interesting revelations is Mandela's ambivalence toward his lifetime of devotion to public works. It cost him two marriages and kept him distant from a family life he might otherwise have cherished. Long Walk to Freedom also discloses a strong and generous spirit that refused to be broken under the most trying circumstances--a spirit in which just about everybody can find something to admire.

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